A recent survey in The Netherlands shows how a lot of cities lost important records due to floppy disks and CD-ROMs being used for archiving. In this day and age, hardly anyone uses this form of storage anymore, and the blockchain is a more than viable alternative to this problem.
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Archaic Archiving Methods are a Problem
The results of this survey were made public on May 19, 2016, and paint a worrisome picture. A lot of cities in The Netherlands indicate they have lost entire archives due to archaic data storage solutions being used in the past. A combination of floppy drives, CD-ROMs, and even tapes has made it impossible to recover and digitize some critical information.
Given the declining usage of tapes and floppy disks, that hardly comes as a surprise. However, it also begs the question as to why these cities have only recently started digitizing their archives, as this is a problem that should have taken care of several years ago. CD-ROMs can still be read by most computers, but they are not a durable solution to store sensitive data in